BREAKING: Rodney Davis Votes for Budget That Would Hurt Seniors, Students and Families in Illinois

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Today Congressman Rodney Davis broke his campaign promise again by voting in support of the harmful Republican Budget. The Republican budget would have devastating effects on seniors, students, and middle-class families in Illinois.

“Congressman Davis promised to oppose the Ryan Budget while campaigning, and has now voted for it two years in a row. This irresponsible budget shows how Congressman Davis has the wrong priorities and his votes would harm Illinois families,” said Former Chief Judge Ann Callis, Democratic nominee for Congress in the 13th District. “This budget ends the Medicare guarantee, cuts Pell Grants, and keeps incentives for companies to ship jobs overseas. Instead of playing political games, I will go to Congress and bring people together to get results like raising the minimum wage, renewing long-term unemployment benefits and passing the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.”

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2014: Congressman Davis Voted for the Ryan Budget Fiscal Year 2015. In 2014, Rodney Davis voted against for the extreme Republican budget for fiscal year 2015 that would end the Medicare guarantee, cut Pell Grants, and continue to give tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas. The bill passed, 219-205. [HCR 96, Vote #177, 4/10/14]

2013: Congressman Davis Voted for the Ryan Budget Fiscal Year 2014. In 2013, Rodney Davis voted for the extreme Republican budget for fiscal year 2014 that would end the Medicare guarantee – by converting the program into voucher-based system – and pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans on the backs of working families. The bill passed, 221-207. [HCR 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13]

2012: Candidate Davis Said he did not Support the Ryan Budget. In 2012, when asked -if he supported the Paul Ryan budget Davis answered, “No, I don’t support the Paul Ryan Budget, and I’ve never said I supported the Paul Ryan Budget. I think when you look at the Ryan budget as a whole, you know it’s got, it’s a good first start into a discussion on ensuring that we address many of the debt issues in this country and shoring up Social Security and Medicare, that’s what we have to do.” [Will Radio, time 40:15, 10/16/12]

In 2012, Candidate Davis Said He Would Increase Access to Pell Grants. In 2012, The News-Gazette reported that “Davis also said he would ‘increase access to Pell Grants,’ adding that he ‘would not have supported the (Congressman Paul) Ryan budget’ that would slash funding for Pell Grants. ‘I’m not going to support cuts in Pell Grants to students that attend these universities and colleges…’” [The News-Gazette, 11/01/12]

In 2013, Congressman Davis Voted to Cut Pell Grant Eligibility… According to an analysis of the Ryan budget conducted by Insider Higher Ed: “The budget also calls for reversing changes to the grant’s needs analysis formula put into place in 2007, which expanded the number of students eligible for Pell Grants, in essence making fewer students eligible to receive them. It also revisits proposals put forward last year: using “fair value” accounting for student loans, which makes the program seem much less profitable for the federal government than it does under current accounting rules.” [Inside Higher Ed, 3/13/13]

…and Freeze Pell Grant Funding.  In 2013, Rodney Davis voted for the extreme Republican budget for fiscal year 2014 that would freeze Pell Grant spending. According to an analysis of the Ryan budget conducted by Campus Progress: “Under the House Republican Budget, Pell Grants would be capped at the current level of $5,645 for 10 years, and eliminate all mandatory funding.” In other words, under Ryan’s plan, Pell Grants would not keep up with the pace of inflation and rising tuition costs, and would be worth less each successive year. [Campus Progress, 3/12/13; HCR 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13]

The AP reports the new Republican Budget would cut Pell Grants. An analysis of the new budget says it would “also cut Pell Grants for low-income students.” [AP, 4/1/2014]